James Campion 1.17.20
A Guide For Our Children
...they were granted immunity to come clean. They did. They told MLB that they all cheated, all season, and during the playoffs.
The Day My Father Died
I will always remember. It was sunny. A Saturday. Crisp autumn temperatures. Three days after his eighty-first birthday. My brother called from North Carolina. It was time.
Cruise LLAs and TGHs
Life's Little Annoyances and Things Guaranteed to Happen when Cruising at Sea
The Boeing 737 MAX
One year on from the fated flight of Oct 29th 2018
...journalistic photographs can and have wielded awesome power over society. But what of the motives of the photographers ...
Open Letter To My Wife IV
James Campion 6.13.19
Two months after that you moved into my hovel and transformed a boy into a man and a mostly directionless heart into one with a laser beam focus.
Subject: Worst Vacation Ever
From: Allen Cook 6.5.19
It was a vacation from hell. It even started bad ...
Saying goodbye to Hotel Taselotzin - Year after year I lead volunteer trips to attempt to do some good in the world.
Esclave in Utero
A Users Guide to Life After Roe v Wade Goes Down - Women’s bodies will affectively be considered slaves to the state. Abortion will result in jail time.
Observations on Life and Surviving it
Celeste says she’s in touch with my guardian angel and can give me a tarot reading
Sydney Moreano - living with diabetes
A medical timeout in volleyball is just three minutes. And unless a player’s injury is painstakingly obvious like a broken ankle, most referees do a lengthy interrogation to find out if the timeout is medically necessary.
Shades of Psychedelia
It is often said that if you can remember the 1960’s you probably weren’t there. This I suppose means that for some, the whole or part of the decade was lost in a blur of drugs, promiscuity, pop music and peace demonstrations.
The Attempted Murder of the Planet & The Merry Human Virus
James Campion on Earth Day April 22nd
We mean well, or we think we do – but we still merrily burn fossil fuels and use plastic all over the joint and eat animals who are filling the ozone with methane.
Seduced: Max and I Go to the Rose Bowl
Once Washington’s spot in the game was assured, I knew what I’d hear: “We should go,” my son Max said. “Who knows if we’ll get a chance again?”
The Minivan Circle of Life
Vans -- my stepfather has always driven minivans. They - much like him - were old and colossal with unsolvable issues he didn’t care enough about to fix.
The Mueller Report & Me
...maybe there were two reports as Fox and CNN seemed to be reporting on different things.
On the subject of pain
For the last year I have been struggling to write a novel about pain. The choice of subject was influenced by a sustained attack of fibromyalgia
Cablevision Monopoly & The Moral Imperative Or…The Death of Choice in The Cyber Age 3.25.19
if we want access to the Internet – let that read, phones, web service, television, ANYTHING… we need to use Cablevision.
Why Peace Will Forever Elude Us
Although the guises may differ, people who study history are no less doomed to repeat it than those who don’t.
International Womens' Day Celebration
Adewale T Akande
Think Equal, Build Smart and Innovate For Change - 'Investing in women is not only the right thing to do, it is the smart thing to do'
Five Ceilings and a Damp Course
This is the unromantic story of a downsizer who bought a house which promptly fell on his head.
Today, in the Holy Roman Empire
The Emperors of Rome loved to build stuff. They built bridges across rivers, so they could invade and conquer whoever was on the other side. And they built walls to keep out those peoples they hadn’t conquered just yet.
2019 – The Year of Change -
Predictions for the Year Ahead
The Dishonest Artist
Guest Columnist – Sean Barna
I am 33 years-old. The negativity and anxiety I invited into my life by staying silent about my sexuality has been unbearable for a while ...
Effectiveness of TMA, Wushu & Karate in MMA
Dr. Antonio Graceffo
I love all martial arts. And if you enjoy practicing karate, taekwondo, tai chi, or wushu, by all means. Keep doing it ...
Learning from Beth: My days with a Down syndrome girl at the Concho Elementary School
Kareena Maxwell - We teach each other. We are students in each other’s lives.
Observations on the Year Past
The year 2018 is almost past and it’s tempting to just forget it, but tradition decrees that you look back and say something about it so here goes.
Transcending the Bitter Path
Dr. Antonio Graceffo
Learning life lessons from my Japanese martial arts heroes - The pain of the fight will end when you either quit or win. The same is true of life.
The Development of the Martial Artist Through Hollywood Films
Dr. Antonio Graceffo
"Win, lose, no matter. You make good fight, earn respect."
How the Hell Did This Turn Into a Period Story?
This was the turning point-- the first omen. The moment when the day turns from fresh and hopeful to a dark shade of terra incognita.
Aretha Franklin - 1942 - 2018
A tribute to soul legend - Please give a moment of RESPECT
Food Insecurity & Substance Abuse
It is estimated that, in 2016, 42 million individuals experienced food insecurity in the United States. 12.3% of all households that year were considered food insecure
Debt-laden Brits could face crisis – City watchdog alerts - Jimmy Simond
Consumer credit is also growing at a yearly rate of 10pc
Marijuana is Better than Opiates at Treating Pain
Recent studies have shown that drugs and psychedelic substances have some beneficial components that science can use to produce different medicine to help relieve pain.
A Close Shave
Surviving a heart attack in France.
While getting to our car in the alley, I felt a characteristic pain at the top of my chest ...
Tom Wolfe – 1930 - 2018
Tom Wolfe was a novelist in journalist’s clothes – included with his signature white suits and cane and top hat and matching shoes and all the rest. This is what people in the know will tell you. But I wholly disagree with this. I believe it was the opposite. He was a journalist first...
Shed that Load
Ownership is on the way out. Rent everything is how we live now.
The Art of Slowing Down
...the danger of being overly busy is greatest at the beginning of retirement when you no longer have the structure of a working life
Story from an Old Guy
First, let me warn you, nothing much happens in this story. Not that it couldn’t, as I’ll try to write something about how it feels to be a really old guy pushing 90. When you’re at that advanced age, you can expect something to happen at any time --- a fall, a stroke, a heart attack.
In Praise of Encounters
Poetry/Paintings & A Slice of Dan Bern’s Life
The book is a series of poems about Dan’s “encounters” with the famous, talented, and inspirational, each adorned with an original Bern painting of its subject.
Mis-Adventures in Technoland
Martin Green 1.1.18
Observations -When things break down -
the age of gadget fatigue
Rock and Roll Is Here to Stay
Let’s face facts, folks: The audience for the music I play is dying – in more ways than one – and there’s zero chance it will ever revive.
Halloween or the Eve of All Saints:
History and Traditions
Have you ever wondered what Halloween is, how this holiday has appeared, what exactly do we celebrate on this day and what is an origin of Halloween rituals and traditions?
The Show Must Go On
Being with a Australian Travelling Zoo
My eyes snapped open as I laid still on my back staring forwards, listening attentively to the bellowing voices in the dark which have disturbed my slumber.
The Chapel Arts Plant-Based Café - Bath
if ever there was a time to loudly FOODGASM, this was it. I immediately Instagrammed the burger saying that this was indeed, the most delicious burger I’d ever EVER eaten.
Thomas Earl Petty - 1950-2017
Tom Petty is one of the great American songwriters of the latter part of the twentieth century; working in all of the genres that make it universal; rock and roll, country, folk, blues ...
Give Me A Break
Walli F. Leff
Here’s me gasping for air in this Trump-Nazi-KKK-white supremacist-climate-change-denying-would-be Mexican-wall-building- Muslim-hating democracy across the Atlantic. I got sucker-punched by the fake election and haven’t been able to breathe properly for a good, long time now.
Crafting the YA Novel
Why did they do that? Show me why they made that decision and the consequences of their actions
The Rise of College Identity Theft
As a college student, you might not think anyone wants to steal your identity. You have no money or credit so identity thieves must not be interested in you…right? Think again.
Stumbling into Fatherhood
Dedicated to the Dad in All of Us
I had something happen to me this past week that has never happened before. And for someone only a few months from 55 years of age that is oddly monumental
Lost Weekend in Dover
A Nightmare in Space A Travel
John F. Fisher CAPT USNR (ret.)
I should have heeded the omen, a constant, torrential downpour, and turned back right then.
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band at 50
It was fifty years ago today…
June 1, 1967, to be exact; the day the cultural axis of the Western hemisphere is altered by a singular artistic event.
...after trying the handle, I’m not sure if I can handle what I think has just happened—not this late anyhow.
Heir of Karen Blixen to take over Manor Estate in Denmark - Cecilia Macaulay and Peter Horn
A smooth transition takes careful planning as well as brave decisions. Running a family estate is not a job to be taken lightly.
Observations Catches Up on Things
I’ve become a little suspicious of our new “smart” Samsung TV as it doesn’t always do what we tell it to
Observations 2: View from the Lazy Boy
What I notice between the ages of 85 and 87-plus is that life has become more problematic. Every day presents a new adventure, often a number of misadventures.
Observations at Sea Once Again
One of the first things we noticed was that there were a lot of kids on board ...
I had turned 85 at the end of last year, which was now a month ago. 85! No wonder I felt despondent.
Will Someone Please Have Sex with Bill O'Reilly - James Campion
Tales of Old, Unattractive Perverts & Other Sociological Phenomenon
Charles Edward A. 'Chuck' Berry - 1926 - 2017
E=Mc2 – Albert Einstein
Rock and Roll – Chuck Berry
A Comfortable Silence
We haven’t seen each other in four years. We have spoken occasionally—calls in the evening, motivated by guilt, on birthdays and holidays—but we haven’t actually been face-to-face since the spring after my pop died.
My view through 'The Wild Reeds'
When I first saw The Wild Reeds (TWR), last summer on NPR's online music series called the Tiny Desk Concerts - I was an instant fan.
The Journey of a Brazilian Babalawo
...the passion to sap up the elements of the Yoruba culture is all pervasive that it drove Babalawo Ifagbenro to the doorstep of love
From 36 to 63
One of the first things I did after turning 36 was pull a hamstring. In an attempt to prove to myself and my softball teammates that I hadn’t lost a step, I tried to shift into a higher gear while rounding the bases. I ended up a peg leg instead.
Nature Knows No Borders
Early morning and dawn is beginning. I'm walking along the beach, breathing in whiffs of sea spray. White Rock’s’ lights are fading and ocean and skies turn blue against the backdrop of a glowing sunrise.
How can Indians protect Indian Temple Gold?
Once upon a time, there was a king in India, who paid his army in gold coins from his treasury. The king decided to conquer neighbouring kingdoms and soon exhausted his gold as he travelled further. So he got a brilliant idea. Demonetisation.
Top 7 Mistakes That Can Keep You Out Of Law School - Robert Everett
As you have intended to apply to law school, you need to know some things in order to avoid frequent mistakes that lead to refusal ...
Cinema Tourism Comes to Cuenca and Guadalajara
Set-Jetting taking off in Spain. Come and see where the movies are made.
Travellers’ Guide to Transportation in Samui
Paradise Navigational Tools - Being overpriced, getting lost and scammed are some of the unfortunate situations you may encounter. Fret not, here’s a little handy guide to help you prepare.
Feasts and Festivals in Chicago
Fred C. Wilson III
November in Chicago is a time for celebration; (shootings don’t count) but especially this year. Those ‘lovable losers’ aka the Chicago Cubs have finally won the World Series after a 108 year wait.
No Heavy Lifting
I was asking students to tell me about something significant or life altering that had happened to them and suddenly thought –I’d better just try this thing myself...
China vs US Olympic Sports Training Compared
Antonio Graceffo, PhD, China MBA
China’s inability to top the Olympic medal charts in all but the 2008 games, which they hosted, demonstrates the limitations of the Soviet sport school system
China Doesn’t Use Japanese Judo Terminology
By Antonio Graceffo, PhD, China MBA
Parallel to my dissertation research on Chinese traditional wrestling, I completed a bit of research on Japanese judo because of the similarities between the two arts.
5 Tips to Become the Most Production Student You Know - Robert Everett
Have you ever met a person that was very productive and fast? Were you amazed by his/her work?
Victor J Castleton
a steely like insect-creature struggled to escape the sweet sticky trapping
Sara Troy interviews Sam Hawksmoor
Q&A with the author of a love story in a post-apocalpyse 'J&K 4Ever'
9 Reasons Why Traveling Has To Become Part of Education
Kelly J. Harris
When you travel, you will discover there’s no one single solution to the same problem.
Understanding Mass Shooting Terminology
People are crying for laws preventing convicted felons and people under the age of 18 from buying guns. But these laws also are already on the books.
Muhammad Ali - 1942-2016
Few lives are as epic as Muhammad Ali’s. It is an American epic, an African American epic, a religious epic, a boxing epic, a socio-political epic, a generational epic, and most of all, an inspirational epic.
Doctor's Visit in Indonesia
Andrea Cox Christen
It was the jarring shock and having to hobble a bit in the mornings that made me do it. And that I kept hearing how everything was covered by insurance.
The Dream Country
Fred C. Wilson III
Dreaming is the cheapest form of travel I know. Everybody dreams; even those who deny it dream only they’re not cognizant of it. All it costs is your subconscious mind to work the magic.
High Yields Reported for UK Airport Carparks
A new piece of research by a UK based airport parking provider has revealed that investing in airport carparks is a high yield investment.
Ogoni Freedom Charter
To say that Ogoni is the worst place to live on earth may just sound like an over-statement. But it is indeed a fact. Everything seems to work against her.
The expectations of young people are now lower than they were in my youth, and with good reason.
Counsel of Despair
The benefits of good advice and how to survive it...
The Psychology of the Fear of Flying and How to Overcome It
If you are afraid of flying, avoiding taking a flight is the worst thing that you can do. Learn why that is true and identify ways to confront the underlying cause of your anxiety.
Prince Rogers Nelson - 1958 -2016
During the most prolific musical period of my life, my early twenties, when I wrote and played music for a living, more or less, there was only one artist that mattered; Prince Rogers Nelson.
Beware Of Toasters, They’re Going To Get You
The first time I took a hammer to a machine, it was one of those big Xerox photocopiers with an A3-sized glass slab under its hood and an attitude to suit.
Trump - America's Mussolini?
Fred C Wilson
“In politics stupidity is not a handicap.”
The Three C’s
The three C’s I have in mind stand for capitalism, competition and corporation, or more correctly, corporatism.
The Great Wall of Chinese
and the Internet Resources to Help You Over it
Learning Chinese with on-line tutors
Sir George Martin 1926 - 2016
Martin, as producer and creative Sherpa, did the heaviest lifting of all; he cajoled, conducted, re-imagined and realized the music that shook the very foundation of human spirit.
Seeming Rather than Being
We’ve been living for six years now with the massive and destructive academics and athletics scandal at the University of North Carolina (UNC), located in the town of Chapel Hill, state of North Carolina, USA.
The Other Michaelangelo
Fred C. Wilson III
My painter of choice Caravaggio stands tall alongside Leonardo da Vinci, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Vincent van Gogh, Egon Schiele and Alphonse Maria Mucha
David Bowie 1947 - 2016
Bowie was our perpetual outsider – zigging when the rest of the thing zagged.
In Defense of Ebenezer Scrooge
A Christmas Plea For Leniency For A Misunderstood Freethinking Capitalist - I maintain, that Scrooge, while being obstinate and crotchety, mostly rude and myopic, is hardly a villain and does not deserve the kind of black mark rendered upon him next to some of the most vile of literature’s rogues
Defacing the Syrian Stigma
These refugees have not set out to change American culture or the American way of life.
How to Beat Rejection
Nobody likes to be rejected. Whether in relationships, business or in a creative enterprise. It can damage your self-esteem, affect your future work or relationships and how others judge you.
New Jersey Roast
When I think about Thanksgiving I think about the suburbs and, more specifically, I think about New Jersey. My mother’s family is in New Jersey, and I got slammed with a pretty strong dose of that place while I was still a kid.
Mom, Me, and Boyfriends
I never once woke to the sound of my mother sneaking in with a stranger, heels in her hand. I was not reared in a house where a new man would shuffle out while I ate my cereal. But my mother has had many boyfriends...
Remembering Hotels, Good and Bad
Walli F. Leff
Once I had an exceptional experience in a hotel: I slept on an absolutely perfect mattress. I know that now you expect me to tell you where that mattress was. I would if I could, but, for the life of me, I just can’t remember.
Every action has consequences, some good, some bad and many unforeseen. Those consequences do not always occur in the domain where the action was taken because, in a sense, everything is linked to everything else.
The world is a big place – Go explore it.
Go Explore designs is the name of the store created which showcases photography from all over the world. It’s allowed a unique way to blend fashion and art together...
'Cleaning' the Amman Nymphaeum for heritage
This summer was a good cleaning period for the Amman Nymphaeum. From a blackened relic, its frontal facade, niches and apses are restored again.
YOGI – 1925-2015
Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra was the best catcher in the history of Major League Baseball. He won ten titles, three MVP Awards...
The Unemerging Writer
I decided to make the appointment with Julie the prospective literary agent in the seated area of the Maxol service station off the M12 near Balgaddy. She wondered why I wanted to meet in such an unlikely place. I told her I lived near- by. That was a lie.
Making an early exit
When a friend takes his own life suicide is no easy solution...
A Nuclear Middle-East
Israel has long practiced what it calls its policy of "nuclear ambiguity" of neither denying nor confirming the fact it possess nuclear weapons
Observations on Being Really Old
Let’s face it, when you reach the point of being really old, there are certain things you can no longer do.
A Personal Story about Holocaust
I did not travel anywhere to find this story. It lives within me, as it does within most Jewish people’s hearts and minds.
Chinese RMB Devaluation analysis Antonio Graceffo
The recent drop in the Yuan will create more competition for US exporters...
The Myth of MMA Fighting Your Way Out of Poverty
Rocky Marciano was born poor and die
Mennonites Heritage @ St. Jacob’s Farmers Market
For years as I watched horse and buggies travel along the roads of the Waterloo region of Ontario, I thought of the Mennonites and their culture, of how they have maintained their traditions in the sea of modernity.
UBER versus NYC
This was bound to happen here. It has happened elsewhere. The grassroots ingenuity of transport services, more specifically Uber and to a lesser extent Lyft, offer a convenient alternative to mass transit and traditional cab services.
Why the Pissing Contest?
What could I possibly say that wouldn't make me out to be one of those brutish and selfish men that make me look bad by association?
800 attempts to change the world as a Londoner - Nick Millman
In May 2012, I decided to change my life with the assistance of my step-dad, David. He kept saying to me, ‘Why don’t I do things?’ ...
Cinema Tourism Comes to Cuenca and Guadalajara
Set-Jetting taking off in Spain. Come and see where the movies are made.
*Addiction Resource, which raises awareness of the dangers of substance abuse among artists (https://addictionresource.com/addiction/drug-abuse-among-artists/)
The Bernie Problem 14.02.20
Democratic Primaries Kick Off with Chaos & Fear - Will the Youth Vote stick with him and come out in November?
James Campion 2.3.20
Another Element of Governing Where No One Wins - Impeachment is hard.
There have only been three in the nearly 244 years of this nation’s existence
James Campion 1.10.20
Welcome to the New Age of Isolation, Apathy & Defeat
Seems like most of this presidency’s maneuvers are knee-jerk, ad-hoc, half-ass WTF kinds of things that end up in ranting tweets and Nuremburg type rallies
The Iran Mistake
James Campion 1.3.20
Forget Impeachment, Crimes, Lying, Stupidity: We are at the brink of war with Iran. The executive branch is at war with Congress. The Senate and the House are at war. A game show host is in charge of all this. - Welcome to 2020.
Not All Republicans Are For Trump
James Campion + Readers Responses
Mass Exodus of GOP in Congress Tell a Different Tale - I proffer that these representatives simply can no longer bear Donald Trump or where the country is going – fiscally, morally or otherwise
Gordon Sondland - The Human Carpet Bomb
Trump Supporter & EU Ambassador Buries Everyone in Key Impeachment Testimony - Sondland evoked the infamous “Three Amigos”, who were running a counter shadow diplomacy (shakedown) with the Ukraine president
The Bill Taylor Angle
James Campion 11.15.19
How a Lifetime Ambassador Frames the Trump/Ukraine Scandal - Taylor admitted in his testimony that he had considered quitting over “major concerns” that the United States was openly reneging on a deal that at the time was six-months overdue
Another Fine Mess in Spain
James Skinner 16.11.19
Election gamble fails
Pedro Sanchez has no clear path to rule
GOP, The Rule or Law & The Wrong Side of History
Trump’s Guilt is Absolute, So Who Will (or Won’t) Do Something About It?
What indeed happens to a nation where there are those who see the crime, casually ignore it, play politics with it, and then systemically allow it?
James Campion 10.17.19
Trump’s Attack on American Interests in the Middle East Sets Up Next 9/11
Trump Doctrine: Cause an international crisis, like taking North Korea to the brink of war on Twitter, then capitulating with a deal that give a tyrant the store and claim victory.
Does Donald Trump Want To Be Impeached?
Yes or No - the reasons why the White House madness continues
On the day of the infamous “shake-down” phone call, state department officials were trying like hell to first identity, then facilitate and finally cover up this half-baked scheme
Game Show Host + Presidency
= Impeachment - James Campion
History is a bitch and it has come calling for Donald J. Trump. - Well, of course. How else could this possibly end? It was only a matter of time that this abomination of a presidency would finally sink us into a constitutional crisis and wind up in the embarrassment of impeachment.
Hatred On Parade
The Rise of White Nationalism & the Ongoing Threat of Domestic Terrorism 8.16.19
+ Readers Responses 9.23.19
It has been clear from day-one that Donald Trump is working on some level of racial paranoia
The Woodstock Miracle & The Aging of Aquarius August 15th-18th 1969
During the weekend hours that passed in that field in Bethel, New York, the world got to see the best of the human spirit – not by conquest or violence, our favorite pastimes, but sharing, caring, singing and imbibing. Lots and lots of imbibing.
Tinsel Town Terror & The Demonizing of the Drug Culture
James Campion 8.2.19
One Night in Hollywood
In the wee hours on the morning of August 9, 1969 four ragamuffin refugees from the California commune/cult acid culture hijacked by a lunatic thirty-four year-old con man, pimp murderer, Charles Milles Manson slipped over the high steel black fencing of 10050 Cielo Drive, Benedict Canyon, Los Angeles.
JULY 20, 1969
The Apollo 11 Moon Landing at 50 7.20.19
+ Readers Responses 7.29.19
From a six year-old’s perspective, this whole concept is kind of out there. So much so, I stand for an inordinate amount of time in front of our front stoop looking up into the illuminated night sky the evening of July 19 staring at it.
Power to the Jersey People
James Campion 7.11.19
Legalizing Recreational Marijuana Will Be on Us
The Moral Low Ground
Conditions at Our Southern Border & What It Says About Our Country - How do we, a nation so full of itself ... stand by and watch this happen?
The Mexican Flip Off
James Campion 6.21.19 + Readers Responses
How Mexico Keeps Embarrassing Donald Trump and Why He Allows It - for some reason Mexico is the gift that keeps on giving for Trump
The changing face of modern Spain - the mayhem of forming coalition local governments has started
Bob Mueller's Primer in Passive Aggressive Truth-Telling - James Campion
How the Speech of the Century Tells Us Everything We Need to Know - Mueller sees Trump as a thin-skinned loon with a Twitter account who has less respect for American values than the man who perpetuated these crimes, Vladimir Putin
Joined at the Hip
The Theft of our Constitution
The majority party for over forty years has indicated they are interested not in saving democracy, rather, they are willing to take it apart;
How Bad Can Trump's Tax Returns Be?
- James Campion + READERS RESPONSES
Maybe he paid no taxes at all. We can think anything is in there, because he is going to great lengths to keep the proof from us.
Time for Mueller to Speak
James Campion 3.5.19
This was Mueller’s baby. He signed his name to it. And it has predictably been politicized by Congress and constantly battered by Tweety McTweeter in the White House.
A New Broom in Spain
James Skinner 1.5.19
The results, to a certain degree, have stunned the nation as such a severe swing from right to left was not predicted in the various polls prior to the elections.
Trump Guilty of Obstruction of Justice - Now What?
James Campion 4.27.19
What it comes down to is not that the president is guilty or not guilty, but what there is under the constitution to be done with this.
'Almost' Final Word On Mueller Report & Obstruction of Justice - James Campion
As stated time and again in this space, this whole Russian obsession the Trump campaign and its administration’s first two years of governance has displayed had nothing to do with collusion.
Spain goes to the polls and women are leading the way to Socialist victory
To The Ballot
Time for the People of NJ and Not Our Feckless Politicians to Legalize Recreational Marijuana
Enough With Fox News
James Campion 3.16.19
A recent study by New Yorker magazine has fully revealed the length and breadth of the damage FOX News has done to what was already loosely being sold as journalism ...
Trump vs Kim II
This Time It’s More Stupid & Just as Meaningless - So now the whole thing falls apart with no deal, but plenty of finger-pointing contradictory post mortems from two lying-ass camps, and a steaming pile of embarrassment for the United States.
Spain - The Next European Problem
...whoever controls the media controls the ‘people’. Spain is no different. But if a government is able to combine the above three elements it is virtually similar to a totalitarian state.
Where We Are On Weed
NJ Finally Poised to Vote to Legalize, Tax & Regulate Recreational Marijuana -
You know you’re close to actual legislation when committees are being formed, with fancy titles, and taxation has numbers to it ...
The Importance of Voting in a Truly Democratic Society
Adewale T. Akande
Voting is the most important exercise a citizen will do as a responsible citizen of a democratic nation.
National Emergency Fallout
Or The Political Price For Betting On Fantasies - Again, not that it matters legally or morally or whatever crap people like to argue, this move, while wholly constitutional if not wacky, will bring consequences.
The New Left
The Dawn of Generation Progressive - Socialism is everywhere, bub, and to be fair it is really popular and it’s getting more and more so.
Totalan - Spain
James Skinner on events in Spain
Once the parents had confirmed that they saw their son fall down the well, a message was sent to the local Civil Guards that in turn triggered the organization of a national coordinated rescue mission. ...
You Can’t Get Here From There
January ends with political chaos both here and in the USA. All of it is self-inflicted and there are probably easy solutions, but unpalatable ones
The Delusion Factor + Readers Responses
James Campion - Jan 2019
Or How to Get Out of a Political Impasse 101 - Not that he is inclined to take any advice, quite obviously, but I have some for the president of the United States to get him out of this political corner he has painted himself into.
George H W Bush-1924-2018
Anything written about the legacy of George H.W. Bush in the annals of American governance must start with his place as the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency for 357 extremely active days between the years 1976 and 1977 in which he enthusiastically supported a clandestine illegal maneuver called Operation Condor.
The Russian Bank Phase
Trump Scumbag Lawyer Spills Beans on Illegal Land Deals –Part of it included (gulp!) a $50 million penthouse apartment gift to Mr. Vladimir Putin, Draconian leader of a hostile nation
Governing By Decree
Sr. Sanchez has been signing umpteen number of cheques that continue, literally, to turn the country on its head and presented a draft budget to the European Union that has been rejected by Brussels
Women, Repudiation, Entrenchment & Reckoning
Alt Right Underground - A Perspective
When Mailed Bombs Become Teachable Moments
No clearly means Yes in Senate - Kavanaugh gives proud alcoholics and men a bad name. I will not stand idly by and allow people to put him into any category I am in.
Curriculums - Spain in Turmoil
It is against the law to ‘lie’ in one’s curriculum, especially if one occupies a government position, be it national, regional or local. What is now emerging are refreshed nationalistic movements by other regions that are beginning to feel the ‘urge’ to review their own relationship with Spain
I Love Politics
The Unraveling of Judge Kavanaugh & The Heinous Beauty of our Human Experiment - I understand politics. I get what happens to people when they are in the midst of them and what it does to their brains and their nether regions and how it can at once titillate and mutilate.
Catholic Church's Ongoing Child Rape Problem
James Campion + Readers Responses
The grand jury described the church's methods as "a playbook for concealing the truth" after FBI agents identified a series of practices they found in diocese files.
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 -
The Day the Raven Tapped for Mr Trump
07.21.18 - the day that tipped speculation and hearsay and mounting circumstantial evidence that the president of the United States has committed high crimes and misdemeanors into physical evidence.
A #MeToo Mea Culpa
The sad truth: I’m a male misogynist.
There’s no doubt about it.
Where Were You When The President Committed Treason?
Russia and Putin are now the big players on the world stage and the U.S. will gladly rubber stamp its aggression against its neighboring nations,
Promises - Promises
Everyone wants something from Sr. Pedro Sanchez - how will he keep all those promises to regional leaders - how can he afford them?
Explaining "Roe v. Wade" in the Age of Stupid
James Campion + Readers Letters
Roe v. Wade is not about abortion ..., it is about the government’s right to enter the bodies of tax paying citizens and control the results.
Tax and Spend returns to Spain - PM Sanchez is now Mr. ‘Nice Guy’ ready to talk to everyone, full of positive good will and painting a rosy picture of a real ‘change’ in Spanish politics
The Kim Jong-Un Show
a North Korean leader meets with a U.S president and it is one of the most flaccid, useless, innocuous occurrences in the grandest tradition of phot-op, international politics.
The Lost Children of America
U.S. Border Stations Overrun by Our New National Sin - It is June of 2018 in the United States of America. Right now 550 children have been stripped from their parents and are being detained in over-crowded border stations funded by your tax dollars.
The United Trump of Trump
All of a Sudden We’re Citizens of Trump Enterprises - Historians will marvel that we made it through it all. But we will. Because we are Americans. We have survived worse. Not as stupid, mind you, but worse.
Topsy-Turvy in Spain
Political chaos in Spain after PP corruption convictions. Sr. Barcenas gets 33 years for his crimes; PM Sanchez and the Socialists take power.
The Fight to Legalize Weed in NJ Continues
As stated by Mr. Murphy throughout his campaign, the linchpin/ cornerstone/ foundation of his economic agenda and outlook for the Garden State leaned heavily on the rightful legalization of marijuana for sale, growth, and industry.
The Pack - Spain
Justice in Spain = Rough Justice in Pamplona
...every feminist movement in the country mobilized massive demonstrations to overturn the ruling and called for a revision of the legal system regarding sexual criminal cases
It's Uncle Rudy Time ...
(Sung to The Tune of the “Howdy Doody” Theme)
James Campion 4/27/18
Can the former mayor of New York City dig Trump out of a hole? Once Giuliani was the voice of the law in the most powerful legal team in the nexus of American street justice in the Southern District of New York ...
Exit Stage Ryan
James Campion 4.19.18
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan has seen the writing on the wall and it is not good. Internal Republican polling strongly indicates there is a political Blue Tsunami coming in six months and he wants no part of it.
I'm Officially Bored of Crazy Trump
Crazy tweets about celebrities and half-baked conspiracy theories and campaign rallies and hookers and Russians and knee-jerk racist rants and random firings of lunatics from every angle in jobs they have no business having ... was amusing for a while ... but this has become tiresome.
James Skinner on the current state of Spain.
Fugatives from Catalonia being rounded up ready for a show trial. - The secret service placed a device in the car and were tracking Puidgemont's moves all the way to the Danish/German border...
All the President's Criminals
This is getting silly.
In just over one year, a record by any historical standards, a preponderance of people surrounding either the Donald Trump campaign or his administration have been indicted, sacked, left in disgrace or under investigation for some alleged crime ...
Russia is Winning
James Campion 2.2.18
No matter where you fall on the President Trump/Russian Collusion or Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy Theories, it is hard to argue that Russia, clearly an enemy of these United States, is a big winner in this.
The Immigration Smokescreen
James Campion 1.31.18
We’ve already been over this, so I will not belabor anyone with statistics, but there really isn’t a giant immigration problem in this country. It is a smokescreen; always has been and always will be.
Time for Atlas to Shrug
James Campion 5.1.18
Federal Government’s Attack on American Progress, Technology, Ingenuity & Creativity. Simply put; this ten-thousand dollar cap on state and local tax deductions, is in effect a discriminatory double-tax on the most important regions of the United States; the nation’s largest, most productive, creative and thus cutting-edge centers.
Tabarnia - Spain
James Skinner 1.1.18
Suffice to say that everything has changed for nothing to change - the whole Catalan political scenario has been turned on its head once again ...
Welcome Back to Corporate Land
Net Neutrality, Tax Rates and Deregulation A-Go-Go
The main goal of this Republican-controlled federal government has been to deregulate everything in sight, cede the entire ecological, moral and structural game to not the private sector, but the corporate-level powerbrokers.
The Tax Reform Shuffle
James Campion - 12/01/17
...according to the aforementioned Joint Committee on Taxation and the Congressional Budget Office, people making $40,000 to $50,000 would pay a combined $5.3 billion more in taxes, while the group earning $1 million or more would get a $5.8 billion cut.
Yeah…it ain’t good
All Set - Catalonia Elections
As planned, the election campaign in the autonomous region of Catalonia has begun and despite most of the present deposed members of the separatist parties either in jail or exiled in Belgium these have announced that they will once again present themselves as candidates ...
Mixed Messages - Election Day 2017
Here in New Jersey, it was simply a slam-dunk. Exiting Governor Chris Christie’s approval rating is the lowest of any governor in the history of the United States – or at least since they began polling these things. Christie was at 15 percent on Election Day ...
A New Beginning in Spain
James Skinner on Catalonia & Independence
All depends on whether the law enforcing agents, the district attorneys, the judges, the police and civil guards are able to avoid violence ...
Elect Phil Murphy -
Legalize Marijuana in NJ + Readers Responses
James Campion 10.28.17
Become 9th State in the Union to Move into 21st Century
James Campion 16.10.17
Or How Facebook, Russia and The American Voter Equal Freedom
Except for the president of the United States and a few FOX News shut-ins, it has been long established that the Russian government had an effect on the 2016 presidential election.
Catalonia Breakaway and a 1000 year history
One thing is certain, whichever way the pendulum swings it is going to mark a new era that will change Spain for good. For better or for worse is yet to be seen.
NFL Patriotic Nonsense Has Two Sides
- James Campion 30.09.17
The National Football League has done a magnificent job these last few decades conflating patriotism with its product; a product, by the way, run by despots, played by a disturbing number of criminals, and whose chief purpose now is to keep everyone from recognizing that their sport causes brain damage.
How Dishonest Politicians Cause Pain Among Citizens
While we listen to them, many of us do not believe their sermonizations.
Jimmy Kimmel & The New Age of Celebrity Politics
The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter, they are an entire banquet. – Mark Twain
The Hillary Delusion
Loser’s Lament – A Commentary
Clinton, like Trump, the two most vilified and unpopular people to actually gain major party support, are one in the same to the people who defend them; they are symbols. And no matter what layers of nonsense you apply to their failures it will never end ...
The Stinking Gap Between Politics And People
I was youthful when the military took over the political affairs in Nigeria on December 31, 1983, lasting till 1998. Killing of civilians and hounding of activists that were opposed to the whims and caprices of the military, were the first impression that I had about politics ...
Premonition - Spain
For more than a couple of years, and because of the attacks in other parts of Europe, the terrorist threat level was raised to 4, short of a full scale level 5.
Two Decades - One Space
How The Hell Did This Happen?
He told me not to worry about petty things like censorship or decorum and to write “whatever the hell you like” ...
Radical Caucasian Terrorism & The President Who Defends It
Trump’s spectacular streak of stupidity mixed with the world’s most effective promotional tool for abortion has revealed much about America. He extracts the poison from the body politic and an astonishing pile of puke was on display this past week during a white nationalist coming-out party in Charlottesville, Virginia ...
The 'Daddy Love Me' Nuclear Stand-Off - 2017 James Campion
Who didn’t see this coming? The second Donald Trump took the oath of office, all of it; wildly manic Tweet storms about TV hosts and obsessions with fabricated inner demons and spastic firings and institutional in-fighting and ill-advised bluster about seemingly innocuous and mostly delusional self-congratulatory nonsense, and now, most likely crimes, was inevitable. It is the Trump branding. This is what we voted for ...
Batea - (The town that dares to say no to Independence) - James Skinner
Corruption and Nationalism rolls on as Spain enjoys a prosperous summer
The Unsinkable ACA
James Campion + Readers Responses
After the Healthcare Repeal fails again - Bulletproof “Obamacare” Rolls On - The Affordable Care Act is the most hearty, defiant and impenetrable slice of legislation this nation has seen in a century or more. It may take a second Civil War to take it down.
Citizens of New Jersey Unite Against Government Suppression!
Before heading to Europe to kiss Vladimir Putin’s ass and after spending a week getting into Twitter wars with cable TV hosts, President Trump unleashed his completely unnecessary paranoid-central, daddy-didn’t-love-me-so-even-though-I-won-the-election commission cleverly titled Election Integrity.
Our European Demons
James Skinner writes from Vigo in Spain.
...instead of agreeing that rights should have been guaranteed 100% on both sides of the Channel, there is still an air of confusion. As far as Spain is concerned it has just added more anxiety to the over 200,000 Spaniards presently in Britain
Fired and Vilified Former FBI Director Takes His Swings - The entirety of the United States intelligence community, including the NSA, CIA and FBI has all confirmed that the Russian government interfered with the 2016 presidential election.
Third Time Lucky in Spain
Spain has had a month of political upheavals that once again may change the course of a country that is constantly travelling on a funfair roller-coaster.
Apology Syndrome 2017
... we all know Griffin apologized because everyone went nuts. So she is not apologizing for her opinion or the way she chose in a very strategic way to express it.
Donald Trump: Stupid, Guilty or Both?
James Campion + Readers Responses 6.1.17
The firing of FBI Director James Comey confirms two things; the president of the United States is probably guilty and most definitely stupid.
The Trump Century Mark
Dissecting the Worst First 100 Days of a Presidency
Congratulations to Donald J. Trump. Not since 1933 when they started using this century metric to measure the length and breadth of a newly minted president have we seen more chaos, failure and mayhem in the first 100 days of an administration.
When an Armada is Not an Armada
James Campion 24.4.17
And Doomsday is Delayed For a Lark
...it appeared from that announcement that conflict was nigh – and not just any conflict; nuclear war level conflagration or millions-die-in-an-instant kind of level
The Trump Doctrine
James Campion 4.14.17
Spoiler Alert: There Is None
When an unhinged simpleton is commander-in-chief of the most power and richest armed forces on the planet you get the week we just had
What Transpires When People Who Hate Civics Run Things - Trump said about four hundred times during his campaign that he would repeal and replace the ACA on his first day, which, of course, is insane ...
Brexit Trigger and Spain
It is ‘Brexit’ month when most public transport around Europe including the United Kingdom will have a large sign that says ‘ALL CHANGE’.
Health Care: Here We Go Again
An Agitated Psalm to the Curse of Deja Vu - The Congressional Budget Office has yet to let us all know how much this boondoggle will cost us...
More Fun with The Russian Thing
Attorney General Commits Perjury In Expanding Cover-Up - It has now become a weekly thing for an official of this current administration to commit some kind of malfeasance and seemingly every other week for something to emerge that ties the president of the United States to Russian meddling in the 2016 American democratic process.
Corruption in Spain
Corruption has and still is a worldwide malaise. It is endemic in all sectors of humanity and related to every area of public and private institutions. In other words, it is rampant and everywhere.
China-Trump the First 30 Days
Presentation on Youtube
Antonio Graceffo, PhD, China-MB
Insights into the New World Order
Out Like Flynn
James Campion 02.17.17
Or How To Go From Inauguration to Constitutional Crisis in 25 Days - For the record, I whole-heartedly agree with the president’s defense that his administration is not in chaos, we’re more into the territory of outright mayhem now.
How Should One Live in Africa?
Adeojo Kolawole Adeyemi Hannibal
You must have heard about the clamour for change that is almost turning sour in the mouths of citizens, what you have not heard is the hunger wracking the very soul of the masses.
Sorry - No 'Do-overs'
James Campion 2.3.17
Trump is in Vladimir Putin’s back pocket, diplomacy is alien to him, he’s afraid of Steve Bannon, and he had no interest in divesting himself of any of his current business dealings ...
Of Trump and World History
The signs had been there right from the time the new sheriff in town bared his fangs on the campaign trail.
What The Trump Era Can Teach Us About Our National Illusions
Fact: The earth revolves around the sun.
Alternative Fact: The sun revolves around the earth.
James Skinner 'Spain vs UK'
Brexit Mania - 'many if not most in Europe consider it the worst disaster to hit both the UK and Europe since the II World War'
Ground Rules for Donald Trump Commentary
A Template for “Covering” a Weird Presidency - As one can imagine, I have been getting a bevy of advice on what I should be writing or how I should be dealing with the emergence of this thing called Donald Trump
Joe Cool ... Out
Our Journey From Hope To Change To Trump
Barack Obama is the only major party candidate for president I have ever voted for with gusto. And he shall be the last. That is my gift to him on his way out.
Quite A Year
No doubt about it! We’ve ended one of the most incredibly tumultuous years this century. 10.1.17